What can I do with the data?

What can I do and where should I be cautious?

I can:

View the number of homeless young people in each area... 

All those counted in official homelessness statistics from central government, the number receiving housing and/or homelessness support from their local council and the number receiving housing and/or homelessness support from charities and housing providers (where this data has been provided).

Compare the data across different council areas... 

Using contextual data such as youth population, deprivation index and area type you can explore the differences in these areas. You can also toggle between viewing the data as total numbers of young people or as rate a per 1,000 young people in each area.

Share the Databank pages... 

Share via Facebook, Twitter, LinkIn and email.  

Download the data... 

Download a .csv file of the data your viewing and analyse it yourself.

Share my analysis...

The Databank data is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. This license allows you to distribute, remix, tweak and build upon our work, as long as Centrepoint and the Youth Homelessness Databank are credited for the original creation.

Ask the Databank Team a question...

If you have any questions about what you can and can't do with the data, get in touch.

I should be cautious because:

Data from the different countries is not directly comparable ... 

England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all have slightly different policies on homelessness and as such collect different data, in different ways. Local authority level-data should not be compared across the different countries and country-level data should be compared with caution.  

Some of the data is incomplete...

English government data is complete; the local authority data represents all the Freedom of Information responses we received; however, the charity and housing provider data in the Databank is very incomplete as we are still in the process of collecting it

The data has been collected and defined in different ways...

Local councils, charities and housing provider have many different ways of collecting and defining their data. This results in information which is hard to standardise across organisations. The information in this Databank should therefore be taken as an estimate.

The data has been anonymised...

It is standard practice to anonymise government and local council data that reveals less than five cases, to protect the anonymity of individuals. This can negatively affect the data, making it less accurate.

There could be duplication...

As all data is provided in aggregate format, the Youth Homelessness Databank is not able to de-duplicate or otherwise clean the data.

Do not combine data from different sources...

We are aware that many young homeless people will appear in the data from multiple sources. For this reason, the data from different providers should not be combined.